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If there’s anything that’s been made clear over the past two decades, it’s that there is a general perception of black men that’s not accurate. Hip Hop culture and pure ignorance has fueled the fire that pigeonholes many young men.
To defy these stereotypes 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School created a music video –of sorts– wearing their best slacks and button-ups. The gentlemen walk the halls of their school, shoot hoops and chat it up in the classroom all to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” record.
Best part: They’re all Honor Roll students, poets, future collegiate athletes and National Honor Society members.
Read more about these students at StyleBlazer.com
Going to catholic school is the equivalent of being a PK, that’s preacher’s kid. Everyone’s judging you because your parents could actually afford (or got a grant) to send you to an expensive school and they either assume you’re already bad as hell (remember the catholic school girls are freaks rumors?) or they’re watching for the first sign of you to mess up so they can say you ought to know better, being watched over by preacher’s and nuns all day. Sigh.
I personally wouldn’t go back to high school if you paid me too, but one thing I enjoy now as an adult is relishing in the fact that every kid across the globe who was taught by someone at a St. Martin de Porres, Mary Immaculate, Notre Dame high school can relate to these things. Here are 12 signs you went to Catholic school.
A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.
Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, announced Friday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how, KOB-TV reported.
The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.
Michael Rougier said his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”
The teacher’s name was not released, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach school officials Saturday were unsuccessful.
Michael Rougier said the teacher’s comments enraged him.
“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
Read more on this controversial story on Santa at BlackVoices.com
Nelson Mandela’s family has released their first statement since the death of the world leader on Thursday.
In the statement, recited by family spokesman Lt. Gen. Temba Templeton Matanzima and released to the Associated Press, the family said, “The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.”
The statement went on to read:
“We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst — a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly.”
It is easy to forget that while the world mourns a leader in change, the Mandela family lost their loved one.
While they continue to get through this time and South Africa prepares for a period of mourning, a decision has been made in New York City as to how they will honor Nelson Mandela.
According to the New York Daily News, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Friday that a new high school will open next September in honor of Mandela’s legacy.
The Nelson Mandela School of Social Justice will open on the campus of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn as a tribute to the leader. BGHS was one of the first stops Mandela made on his first trip to New York after being released from prison.
Mayor Bloomberg said regarding the announcement:
“President Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Renaming the campus he visited shortly after his release from prison, will forever serve as a reminder that our mandate as public servants is to provide our children with the weapons they need for a successful future and help us build a city of inclusion.”
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott added: “Every time they enter and exit its doors, our students at this new school will be reminded of the values he personified.”
What a great tribute and it will not come as a big surprise if we see more schools around the world being named in honor of the great Nelson Mandela.
You might have thought that cap and gown saved you from the horrors of high school, but the game was just beginning in those school hallways. Sorry to be a pessimist, but here’s a reality check: the workplace functions a lot like high school. Pantsuits and briefcases offer a thin mask over the old-school social games adults play with one another.
If you ruled the cafeteria, rest easy knowing that your social skills will not go to waste at your nine to five. If high school was a nightmare, consider this your opportunity to do it all over again on your terms.
Do any of these high school games ring true in your office?
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.
Say It Ain’t So: Lupe Fiasco Tells Male Chicago High School Graduates That They Received The Worst Education On Earth
Outspoken rapper Lupe Fiasco had some harsh real talk for a group of Chicago high school grads assembled by Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood organizers.
“Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last . . . 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you,” Fiasco said according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The performer was the keynote speaker at an event which included 150 recent black male graduates. According to recent studies, only 39 percent of eligible black teens from the district’s pubic schools graduate.
A Chicago native himself, and a product of the public school system there, Fiasco’s remarks were well received. He parted with some personal thoughts on the issue of manhood.
“Transition to manhood is the most important thing that’s going on right now. The caps and the gowns and your tassels and your honorary blah blah blahs don’t mean nothing. That’s just dress. That’s just some clothes. Meaningless clothes, too, because they have no real purpose in life. They don’t keep you warm. What do they do? They just represent to someone else that you’ve achieved something. But then when you look back at it, what have you achieved?”
Read more at theGrio.com
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Many freshmen find themselves disoriented and overwhelmed in college and end up choosing career paths too quickly. As a result, about 80 percent of American college students wind up changing their majors at least once, according to the National Center of Education.
This is a costly move that often lengthens college enrollment; thousands of dollars are lost in the career switch. However, statistics are showing that career-focused schools counteract the bewilderment and confusion that most freshmen encounter at their universities.
USA Today says that more students who are preparing for high school are applying to career academies, like the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, which helps mold students into young adults who are prepared for college and the career decisions you have to make there.
Ashley Parker, the spokeswoman for the Association for Career and Technical Education, stated that children who enroll in these specialized schools do better on standardized tests. The knowledge needed to excel in these exams are applied to specialized high school programs. A four-year degree is nearly valueless without sufficient experience in your field. Some specialized high schools, such as Austin Polytechnical, offer hands-on experience, job shadowing, experience, and other useful field experience. This is what may give students enrolled in career-focused schools the edge in the job market.
Austin Polytechnical is also one of the few high schools that offers certification for metalworking. This is something that could cost non-students a couple hundred dollars to attain.
Picking up on the trend, President Obama submitted a $1 billion proposal to increase the number of specialized academies and expand opportunities for schools to incorporate preparatory curricula for students to be ready for college.
At the moment, career schools are catching the eye of students with higher GPAs, which is making the selection process more exclusive and the level of achievement higher.
To fight the competitive pool, students are taking courses to prepare for the admission exams that may welcome them into a career academy.